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Paulding's EMA encourages Paulding county residents to prepare for winter

02 Dec 2016

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Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?
  Winter Weather Preparedness Week Dec. 5-9
(Hiram, GA) – While many consider the snow and ice that accompanies the winter season to be scenic, people can forget that winter weather has the potential to devastate communities and affect thousands of people. Devastating, thick layers of snow and ice can shut down transportation in many parts of our state, making it important for all Georgia residents to be prepared. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign, along with Paulding County EMA, is urging Georgians to take time to get ready for potentially disastrous weather emergencies this winter.

be prepared“Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great time to update plans for potential severe winter weather hazards,” said Joey Pelfrey, EMA Director for Paulding County. “Since winter weather in Paulding County can be unpredictable, we recommend everyone check readiness kits this week to make sure everything is still working and useable.”

Winter storms are “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to storms, according to the National Weather Service. Instead, people die because of events like traffic accidents on icy roads and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. Winter Weather Preparedness Week, from Dec. 5-9, was created to raise awareness of winter weather hazards and reinforce understanding of associated terminology.

Throughout the week, Ready Georgia and Paulding County EMA encourage all Georgians to prepare for severe weather and replenish necessary supplies among other necessary steps. Each day focuses on different aspects of severe winter weather and provides critical information for preparedness, including these tips:
  • Prepare a Ready kit of emergency supplies for your home. Include at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a NOAA Weather Radio, adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm, as well as additional supplies for the unique needs of your family, such as medication or pet Ready kits.
  • Keep an extra Ready kit in the trunk of your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
  • Create an emergency communications plan so family members will know who to contact if separated during a storm. Designate at least one out-of-town contact who all family members can call. Determine a way to let family and friends know you¡¦re OK if the power goes out. Create a customized plan for your family using the Ready Georgia website or mobile app.
  • Make sure you have a way to stay informed about winter weather. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio or other battery-operated radio to monitor changing winter weather conditions. Download the Ready Georgia mobile app, which includes geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts that will notify your phones before disasters strike.
  • Winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent your fuel line from freezing.
  • Winterize your home by placing weather stripping around doors and windows. During cold weather, allow faucets to drip, and open cabinet doors to let heat reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • Identify an alternate heat source, like a fireplace or wood-burning stove, and stock sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Paulding County residents looking for more information on how to be informed, make a plan and build a kit for winter weather can contact Paulding Co. EMA Coordinator Stephen Dooley 678-383-3421 or visit Ready Georgia's website. For preparedness on the go, download the Ready Georgia mobile app.

Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website (www.ready.ga.gov), free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences.

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Radar tracking local rainfall 11/28/2016 ... 11/30/2016

29 Nov 2016

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At the time of this posting (approx 6:30 p on 11/28/2016) it has been somewhere over 42 days since the last measurable rain in the county. We have a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain this evening followed by the forecast of additional rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

As I've been posting this same National Weather Service radar image since before 2010, I've got to say that what I see doesn't look much like rain from a thunderstorm. Oh well, it has looked overcast and threatening rain for those out and about and we all hope we get the 2-4" downfall, or deluge, we all anticipate.

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Youths responsible for forest fire at airport

11 Nov 2016

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Youths responsible for Wildfire Near Paulding County Airport

 Hiram, Georgia – November 11, 2016 – Tips from concerned residents have led Paulding County Investigators to the cause of Tuesday’s 120 acre wildfire which started near the Paulding County Airport on Tuesday morning.

 Four juveniles, ranging in age from 7 to 13 years old, had been playing with a lighter in a wooded area. The individuals lit dried leaves on fire. Despite their efforts to extinguish the blaze, it quickly spread as a result of the extremely dry conditions.

Schools were closed that day due to the election. Based on their ages, names of the suspects are not being released. However, Paulding County Fire & Rescue will be enrolling the four individuals and their families in the Youth Firesetter & Intervention Program (YFIP).

The program, which is court sanctioned and can be court mandated, is sponsored by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and the Georgia Firefighter’s Burn Foundation.

Juvenile firesetting is a serious, dangerous, and costly behavior. Children are responsible for 46 percent of all fires deliberately set in the United States and one in four fire deaths is attributed to children playing with fire.

Nearly 80,000 structure fires, 300 deaths and more than 1.2 billion dollars in property damage were caused by children last year. And, more than 50 percent of arson arrests nationally are juveniles.

This is a very serious indicator of the pervasiveness of this problem. But this statistic does not include the far greater number of juvenile firesetting incidents that never attain the status of criminal arson.

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Dallas man among those arrested for child exploitation on web

07 Nov 2016

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“Operation Southern Impact” Targets Those Who Exploit Children via the net

 Decatur, GA – A Dallas man was among the total of 31 people were arrested during a mutually coordinated operation between Georgia and Alabama law enforcement agencies.  The investigation, dubbed Operation Southern Impact targeted persons who sexually exploit children using the Internet.
Kenneth Patrick Flowers
Kenneth Flowers, a 54-year-old Dallas, GA engineer and small business owner was among the 21 people  arrested and charged with crimes pursuant to O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.2, Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming after analysis of seized digital devices. The joint, proactive investigation was coordinated by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (GA ICAC TF) and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (AL ICAC TF). The Paulding County Sheriff's office is among the dozens of law enforcement agencies that range from other city and county departments to the FBI, Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service.

The investigation focused on those who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using the internet.

Planning for Operation Southern Impact began approximately 3 months ago and culminated in 2 days of search warrant executions and arrests in Georgia and Alabama.

The cooperation among agencies and among states illustrates their level of commitment to detect, arrest, and prosecute child predators.  

 A total of 54 search warrants were executed in Georgia and Alabama. Law enforcement officers conducting the searches were looking for evidence of possession and distribution of child pornography using the internet as well as evidence of other child exploitation related crimes. Over the course of the operation, 162 digital devices were examined and 731 digital media and devices were seized as evidence in Georgia and Alabama.

The arrestees, ranged in age from 22 to 73. Some of their occupations included students, engineer, small business owner, store clerk, mechanic and military cybersecurity personnel.

Those in custody and charged in Georgia as part of Operation Southern Impact are:
1. David Potts, W/M, Cumming, GA, 61 years of age, retired
2. Tyler Quarles, W/M, Winterville, GA, 24 years of age, store clerk
3. Parker Hoekstra, W/M, Smyrna, GA, 22 years of age, student
4. Robert Peters, W/M, Winston, GA, 73 years of age, retired
5. Kenneth Flowers, W/M, Dallas, GA, 54 years of age, engineer/small business owner
6. Corey Moore, B/M, Savannah, GA, 38 years of age, unemployed
7. Ray Powers III, W/M, Warner Robbins, 27 years of age, manufacturing employee
8. Russell Love, Jr., W/M, Swainsboro, GA, 48 years of age, unemployed
9. Kevin Tanner, W/M, Kite, GA, 40 years of age, production line worker
10. Dwight Watson, W/M, Canton, GA, 43 years of age, addiction counseling pastor
11. Jonathan Hurwitz, W/M, Evans, GA, 48 years of age, military cybersecurity personnel
12. Benjamin Brinker, W/M, Lawrenceville, GA, 30 years of age, construction
13. Daniel Ridley, W/M, Cornelia, GA, 34 years of age, fencing company employee
14. Kerry Williams, W/M, Columbus, GA, 56 years of age, mechanic
15. Roger McDonald, W/M, Valdosta, GA, 61 years of age, Registered Nurse
16.Shane Murphy, W/M, Winder, GA, 37 years of age, unemployed
17. Jason Herrin, W/M, of Douglasville, GA, 27 years of age, restaurant employee
18. Erik Nateras, H/M, of Atlanta, GA, 27 years of age, unknown

The Georgia ICAC Task Force is comprised of 210+ local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, other related criminal justice agencies and prosecutor’s offices. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the U. S. Department of Justice and managed and operated by the GBI in Georgia, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and
community education.

The ICAC Program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims. By helping state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective and sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography, the ICAC program delivers national resources at the local level. The Georgia ICAC Task Force made 244 arrests in 2015. The GA ICAC TF received almost 3,000 tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2015 and worked 3,872 investigations related to child exploitation. The GA ICAC TF also conducted 391 Internet safety presentations.



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03 Nov 2016

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Enhanced Fire Weather Conditions

Paulding County Fire and Emergency Management Agency reminds all persons in and around Paulding County to exercise extreme caution with respect to preventing wildfires.

The very dry conditions we have experienced already this year due to the worsening drought contributed to the issuance of a Burn Ban for Paulding County at the beginning of October. This burn ban prohibits any and all forms of outdoor burning within Paulding County. The Burn Ban will remain in place until such time that conditions improve.

Gusty North winds will usher in even drier air on Friday which will make fire conditions even more dangerous. The week ahead remains a dry forecast with low relative humidity levels which will continue to create dangerous fire weather conditions.

When the fire danger is this high, fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious and can spread very quickly. Small fires can quickly become large fires and exhibit extreme fire intensity. Spot fires are probable with long-distance spotting likely. These fires are very difficult to fight and may become very dangerous and often last for several days.

Please be mindful that all forms of outdoor burning to include recreational burns such as campfires are prohibited due to the dangerous fire weather conditions.


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Deputies recognized for saving a life

26 Oct 2016

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Paulding County Sheriff's office

Deputies revive man; receive life saving award

In a ceremony held at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office
on Thursday October 20, 2016 Deputy Jamie Winkles and Deputy Jared Gunter
were awarded the Life Saving Award by Sheriff Gary Gulledge. On hand at the
ceremony were numerous Deputies and their families.

On July 25, 2016 Deputy Winkles and Deputy Gunter responded to a possible
overdose call where a male was possibly in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, Deputy
Gunter confirmed that the male was unconscious and in cardiac arrest. He then
administered one dose of Narcan to the patient which initially had no effect. When
Deputy Winkles arrived a short time later, he immediately began Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) and Deputy Gunter got Deputy Winkles assigned dose of
Narcan and administered it to the patient. Once the patient got the second dose of
Narcan and received CPR, he regained consciousness.

As soon as Fire Rescue and EMS personnel arrived on scene, the male patient was
stabilized and subsequently transported to a local hospital where he eventually
made a full recovery. Medical professionals later stated that without the quick
lifesaving actions that Deputy Winkles and Deputy Gunter performed, the patient
would likely have perished.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge remarked, “I am thankful to have Deputies like Deputy
Winkles and Deputy Gunter. They did their job and saved the life of one of our
citizens. I know I, along with the victim and his family are eternally grateful for
what they do for our citizens and our county.” Congratulations and excellent work
on a job well done!



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